Have you ever question why a phone has to be rectangular? Never mind if you did not because a company did and came up with an oval shape phone. And it isn’t the first round phone from the company. Apparently, it is the second, aptly called The Cyrcle Phone 2.0.
The specs on The Cyrcle Phone 2.0 may not turn heads, but the radical-by-today-standards form factor sure will. Either that, or you’d make people wonder if you are a whack job talking into a “toy” device.
Anyways, I have no idea if an ellipse shape is handier or not, but given how wide it is (103 mm or 4.06 inches), it will be stretch to hold for those with tiny hands.
While the physical handset is chunky, the screen isn’t quite so. It is a paltry 3.45-inch in diameter and yes, it is a circular IPS LCD.
It is not clear what is driving the clockwork. It is only indicated as a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip with no specifics.
However, we do know that it has 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32 GB eMMC memory – expandable via microSD card slot, has 4G LTE radio (a huge leap, considering the first was a 2G device), and it is outfit with not one but two headphone jacks. Why? Well, because it can.
Oh, it is also a dual SIM device. Like any good, modern-day smartphone, it is equipped with cameras. But do not expect these cameras to win you an accolade at the International Photography Awards, though.
The main camera – that’s the rear-facing shooter – is a single 1/3.06-inch sensor capable of 13 MP that supports HDR and video resolution of up to 4,208 x 3,210 @ 30fps. The front has the exact same camera for selfies and video calls.
Other spec-sheet details are pretty rudimentary which include wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS (GPS/GLONASS/Beidou), NFC, the usual serving of sensors (accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer), and a removable battery rated at just 2,000 mAh.
Very strangely, this device is also outfitted with a temperature sensor and two USB ports (a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0).
So, it is not just the aesthetic that is unusual… even the specs and features are somewhat unusual.
Somehow, The Cyrcle Phone 2.0 felt like something of a novelty. A device that is has a second phone status. Then again, who would plonk down US$699 or more for the so-called second phone? Probably no one. And yes, that’s the asking price.